A New Open Source 3D-Printable Mobile Robotic Platform for Education

  • J. Gonzalez-GomezEmail author
  • A. Valero-Gomez
  • A. Prieto-Moreno
  • M. Abderrahim
Conference paper


In this paper we present the Miniskybot, our new mobile robot aimed for educational purposes, and the underlying philosophy. It has three new important features: 3D-printable on low cost reprap-like machines, fully open source (including mechanics and electronics), and designed exclusively with open source tools. The presented robotic platform allows the students not only to learn robot programming, but also to modify easily the chassis and create new custom parts. Being open source the robot can be freely modified, copied, and shared across the Internet. In addition, it is extremely cheap, being the cost almost exclusively determined by the cost of the servos, electronics and sensors.


Open Source Mobile Robot Real Robot Robotic Platform Open Source Tool 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Bowyer, A.: The Self-replicating Rapid Prototyper, Manufacturing for the Masses. In: 8th National Conference on Rapid Design, Prototyping & Manufacturing (June 2007)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Bradshaw, S., Bowyer, A., Haufe, P.: The Intellectual Property Implications of Low-Cost 3D Printing. SCRIPTed 5 (2010)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Carpin, S., Lewis, M., Wang, J., Balakirsky, S., Scrapper, C.: Usarsim: a robot simulator for research and education. In: 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2007, pp. 1400–1405 (2007)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    de Bruijn, E.: On the viability of the open source development model for the design of physical objects. Lessons Learned from the Reprap Project (November 2010)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Gerkey, B.P., Vaughan, R.T., Howard, A.: The player/stage project: Tools for multi-robot and distributed sensor systems. In: 11th International Conference on Advanced Robotics, ICAR 2003, Portugal, pp. 317–323 (June 2003)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Goldman, R., Eguchi, A., Sklar, E.: Using educational robotics to engage inner-city students with technology. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Learning Sciences, ICLS 2004, pp. 214–221. International Society of the Learning Sciences (2004)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Gonzalez-Gomez, J.: Modular robotics and Locomotion: application to limbless robots. PhD thesis (December 2008)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Hsiu, T., Richards, S., Bhave, A., Perez-Bergquist, A., Nourbakhsh, I.: Designing a low-cost, expressive educational robot. In: Proceedings of 2003 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2003, vol. 3, pp. 2404–2409 (2003)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Jones, R., Haufe, P., Sells, E., Iravani, P., Olliver, V., Palmer, C., Bowyer, A.: RepRap-the replicating rapid prototyper. Robotica 29(01), 177–191 (2011)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Hautop Lund, H., Pagliarini, L.: Robot Soccer with LEGO Mindstorms. In: Asada, M., Kitano, H. (eds.) RoboCup 1998. LNCS (LNAI), vol. 1604, pp. 141–151. Springer, Heidelberg (1999)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Lund, H.H., Pagliarini, L.: Robocup jr. with lego mindstorms. In: Proceedings of the 2000 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2000, April 24-28, pp. 813–819. IEEE, San Francisco (2000)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Keith, J., O’Hara, K.J., Kay, J.S.: Investigating open source software and educational robotics. J. Comput. Small Coll. 18, 8–16 (2003)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Rawat, K.S., Massiha, G.H.: A hands-on laboratory based approach to undergraduate robotics education. In: Proceedings of 2004 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2004, vol. 2, pp. 1370–1374 (2004)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Sklar, E., Eguchi, A., Johnson, J.: RoboCupJunior: Learning with Educational Robotics. In: Kaminka, G.A., Lima, P.U., Rojas, R. (eds.) RoboCup 2002. LNCS (LNAI), vol. 2752, pp. 238–253. Springer, Heidelberg (2003)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Verner, I.M., Waks, S., Kolberg, E.: Educational robotics: An insight into systems engineering. European Journal of Engineering Education 24(2), 201 (1999) CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag GmbH Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Gonzalez-Gomez
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Valero-Gomez
    • 1
  • A. Prieto-Moreno
    • 2
  • M. Abderrahim
    • 1
  1. 1.Robotics LabCarlos III University of MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Autonomous University of MadridMadridSpain

Personalised recommendations